Industry Pioneer Charlie Ortega Passes at Age 90

Industry Pioneer Charlie Ortega Passes at Age 90



BANNING, CA - Charlie Ortega, the industry veteran of over 30 years, passed away in his Banning, California, home at the age of 90.

Having dedicated his service to several aspects of the industry including Castro and Sons, Northern Produce, West Central, and the Fresh Produce and Floral Council, his presence will be missed.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Charlie’s family and friends at this time,” Carissa Mace, President of the Fresh Produce and Floral Council, said.

Charlie began his produce career directly in the market with Castro and Sons before dedicating 20 years of his life and passion to Northern Produce, where he was dubbed the nickname “Silver Fox” that followed him.

He closed out his strong career with West Central, where he retired in the early 1990’s.

According to the Fresh Produce and Floral Council, a rosary in Charlie’s honor will be held later today, March 28th, at 10:00 a.m. in the Saint Katerina Tekakwitha Church in Beaumont, California. The graveside service will take place at 2:00 p.m. at the Resurrection Cemetery in Rosemead, California.

All are welcome to be present at both or either service to pay their respects to Charlie’s memory.

AndNowUKnow would like to offer our sincere condolences to all affected by this loss.